20 DCPS Schools Slated for Closure
In a plan announced reported Tuesday, District of Columbia Public School Chancellor Kaya Henderson has targeted 20 public schools for closure.
The closures affect some 3,000 students in six wards, mostly in Northeast Washington and East of the River. The schools slated to be closed are located in Wards 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. No closings are slated for Wards 3 and 1. Among the schools slated for closure is Spingarn High School in Northeast. Two middle schools are also slated to be closed and absorbed into high schools, which would create two 6-12 schools in the district.
The District Council has already begun to take up the matter in a meeting Nov. 15 and will do so again in the Wilson Building Nov. 19, 2 to 6 p.m. Community or shareholder meetings are also being planned.
Henderson said that some of the infrastructure involved could be rented to charter schools, which would mark another increase in these schools, which in turn are part of the DCPS but are run at the expense of public schools.
For a complete list of schools slated for close and the complete plan as put, visit the District of Columbia Public Schools Website.